Chalk River neighbours worry over plans to build dump for low-level radioactive waste
Ottawa Citizen

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, April 6, 2017

Radioactive waste has been in temporary storage at Chalk River since the mid-1900s, and now there’s a detailed proposal to bury it in a huge mound similar to a city garbage dump.

The Near Surface Disposal Facility would operate from 2020 until about 2070. It would be a mound 18 metres high, covering 16 hectares and designed to last 500 years.

It would contain as much as one million cubic metres of mostly low-level radioactive waste, such as building rubble from demolition, and soil, and used protective clothing, mop heads and air filters. But about one per cent of the total could be medium-level waste.

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